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Johannesburg - The second day of National Senior Certificate exams ended smoothly after early disruptions in the Eastern and Western Cape, the basic education department said on Tuesday.
A total of 148 374 full-time and 21 406 part-time pupils sat to write the accounting paper, spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said in a statement.
There was a bomb scare at the George Secondary School in George, Western Cape, around 8am, the department said.
“The bomb disposal unit was called to the school to sweep the premises. The premises were cleared and the examination continued without any incident.”
In the Eastern Cape, residents of the rural Cele locality blocked the entrance to the Lusikisiki department of education during a service delivery protest.
Principals collecting matric papers for the Jikintaba Secondary School and Zwelibongile High School could not enter the building.
“Some residents called the police 1/8and 3/8 when we arrived we spoke to them and threatened to arrest them,” Captain Mduduzi Godlwana
The residents backed off and the papers were delivered to both schools on time, Godlwana said.
Afrikaans home language, Afrikaans first additional language and Afrikaans second additional language papers would be written on Wednesday morning.
Agricultural and nautical science would be written in the afternoon session, the department said.